Ove Granstrand to speak @CRASSHlive Monday 22 Oct about „Economics, Law and Intellectual Property“ @IfMCambridge @Cambridge_Eng @IIPMcambridge – This talk should also be of interest to @CambridgeINET @CambridgeJBS @cambridgelaw 

Ove Granstrand, currently the Leverhulme Trust visiting professor at the IfM will be giving a talk next Monday on „Economics, Law and Intellectual Property“ to the CRASSH research network „Open IP Models for Emerging Technologies“.

The CRASSH session will run on Monday, 22 October from 13:00 – 15:00 at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT). All welcome!

Further details are available on the CRASSH website: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/27948

Further details about Ove Granstrand: http://www.ip-research.org/scholars/ove-granstrand/ 

Welcome back Leo from @turinginst @IfMCambridge @Cambridge_Eng @IIPMcambridge

Good to see you back the other day at the IfM from your secondment to The Alan Turing Institute. This is where Leo is now based for the next year to further boost his skills to apply AI, machine and deep learning to patent data. We look forward to hearing how the briliant minds you meet in London help you with cracking on and moving the research frontier.


Recap 7th Strategic IP Forum @IfMCambridge @Cambridge_Eng @IIPMCambridge @AvidityIP

We had four excellent talks last week at the 7th Strategic IP Forum in Cambridge. Many thanks to all participants and particularly our speakers. Thanks to Alison McGhee from F-Star @Fstar_Biotech for sharing insight into their learning journal for developing a modular IP business model for their platform technology and applications. Massive thanks als to Quentin Harmer from Endomag @endomag for his inspriring talk about IP business models in the pharma and medtech industries with excellent case studies. We then had the chance to learn from Joan Beckner from Schlumberger about IP challenges in a completely different industry, i.e. oil exploration and production. Thank you for the very insightful talk getting us thinking about territorial IP challenges. Last, but certainly not least, thanks to Kevin Fournier from IBM @IBM telling us about his work on Blockchain patenting. We very much enjoyed learning more about the technology as szcg and bits-and-pieces that are potentially patentable, i.e. the patent races going on. We look forward to welcoming participants again to the 8th Strategic IP Forum in 2019.

Very pleased to see such inspiring lineup of speakers for the upcoming Cambridge Strategic IP Forum this Thursday @IfMCambridge @IIPMCambridge @Cambridge_ENG

We are looking forward to welcoming speakers from Edomag, F-Start, Schlumberger and IBM to the 7th Strategic IP Forum with the theme „IP for successful business models“. More details about the programme available here:


If you want to come along, register your place at:


We look forward to another exciting SIPF at the IfM premisses in Cambridge.

Welcome to Ove Granstrand, the new Leverhulme Trust visiting professor @chalmersuniv @IIPMcambridge @IfMCambridge @CambridgeEng @LeverhulmeTrust

A very warm welcome to Ove Granstrand from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden as the new Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor to the IfM, Cambridge University Engineering Department and CTM, particularly our IIPM research group.

We very much are looking ahead to an inspiring year with Ove, uncountable and invaluable conversations across engineering and management domains, most likely with a some kind of focus on IP

We are very much looking forward to learn how we can better intregrate management, economics, law and technology (MELT) into our IP research and teaching. We are delighted to have you onboard.




Farewell to Dr Timo Weyrauch @TUHamburg @IfMCambridge @IIPMcambridge @corneliushersta 

We are saying goodbye to Dr Timo Weyrauch from the Institute for Technology and Innovation Management at Hamburg University of Technology. Timo has been with us for three months to turn his PhD supervised by Cornelius Herstatt into a paper for IEEE. It has been an absolute pleasure working with you on your novel method for devloping radical and frugal innovation. Thanks Timo for all the inspiring discussions and engaging so well with the IIPM group and CTM. We wish you all the best for your next career steps.



Postdoc / research associate position at University of Cambridge on IP, licensing, innovation and sustainability for Belmont Funded international research project – Deadline 31 August @IIPMcambridge @IfMCambridge @Cambridge_Eng

A position exists for a Research Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on the international consortium project „Intellectual Property Models to Accelerate Sustainability Transitions“. The post holder will work at our Innovation and IP Management (IIPM) research group being part of the Centre for Technology Management located in the Institute for Manufacturing. The project is funded by the Belmont Forum.

Further details are available here: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/18292/

1m€ Belmont Forum consortia grant for @IIPMcambridge research team @ifmCambridge @Cambridge_Eng @ESRC

Press release: http://www.belmontforum.org/news/twelve-transnational-projects-to-receive-11-5-million-euros-for-research-on-transformations-to-sustainability/

IPACSTWe are excited that our proposal was selected to receive funding from the Belmont Forum, a pan-international social science research body. The project focuses on studying how IP models can help to accelerate sustainability transitions, particularly analysing sustainable business models for clean energy and the circular economy.

Starting in October, the IPACST project will run for three years. Project partners include:

Total projects funds are about 1m€. UK funds for the project come from the Global Challenges Research Funds, respectively the ESRC. The project is among 12 selected consortia projects out of 155 eligible proposals.

We will soon be looking to recruit a postdoc, preferably with research expertise in IP and licensing, but also sustainable innovation and the circular economy.

Ove Granstrand to become Leverhulme Trust funded visiting professor at CTM @IIPMcambridge @IfMCambridge @Cambridge_Eng

We are extremely pleased for having been selected to received funding from the @LeverhulmeTrust for a visiting professorship. Ove Granstrand, one of Europe’s leading interdisciplinary expert in IP research will be visiting the IIPM research group at CTM and the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering in the coming academic year.


Research seminar @crasshlive @IfMCambridge @synbioSRI: Public vs Private Perspectives on Open IP

We had a great session today thanks to our participants and particularly the three speakers, including Jorge Contreras (University of Utah) who spoke about patent pledges, Sonia Cooper (Microsoft) who introduced the Azure programme and its IP features and Iain Thomas (Cambridge Enterprise) who gave his view on the university’s role in the innovation process and why patenting is (sometimes) necessary to attract investments so that innovations make it to the patients.

Impressions from today’s session plus some pictures of previous sessions are available here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/synbiosri/41580408664/in/album-72157669307146968/


Seminar announcement @crasshlive: Public vs Private Perspectives on Open IP

23 May – Public vs Private Perspectives on Open IP

Public Versus Private Perspectives on Open IP
12:00-14:00, Wednesday 23 May
Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

@ifmCambridge @iipmcambridge

The goals of the public, private and third sector in leveraging intellectual property often differ substantially, with significant implications for access to technology. The CRASSH Faculty Research Group on Open IP models for emerging technologies seeks to explore where approaches to making knowledge more freely available has implications for society. In this session, we will discuss Open IP from industry and University tech transfer perspectives, exploring the stated goals and real life practices of these important actors in the innovation ecosystem.

Dr Iain Thomas (Head of Life Sciences, Cambridge Enterprise)
Dr Thomas operates within the Technology Transfer team; the work of which includes invention disclosure management, patent strategy, proof of concept funding, research reagents transfer, intellectual property licensing and bespoke marketing. Iain works predominantly with technologies in the fields of biology and chemistry with products such as alemtuzumab (Sanofi), breast cancer markers (Brevagen) and mouse touch screen chambers (Campden Instruments).

Prof Jorge Contreras (University of Utah)
Prof Contreras teaches in the areas of intellectual property, law and science, and property law and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Utah Genome Project. He has previously served on the law faculties of American University Washington College of Law and Washington University in St. Louis, and was a partner at the international law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where he practiced transactional and intellectual property law in Boston, London and Washington DC. His current research focuses, among other things, on the development of technical standards and the use and dissemination of data generated by large-scale scientific research projects.

Sonia Cooper (Microsoft):
Sonia Cooper is the Senior Patent Attorney within the IP Policy and Strategy Group at Microsoft. She is currently working with Microsoft Azure, a cloud computing service created by Microsoft for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services.